Clear Skin Ahead: The Truth About Massage Therapy for Acne

Posted April 28, 2016 by Renee Skuban, MT Clinical / Faculty Supervisor & filed under Massage

Teenage girl checking her face for pimple in the mirrorAccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the country, affecting up to 50 million Americans a year. While it is more common in teens and young adults, people can experience acne at any time of their lives.

What causes acne

Acne can be caused by heredity, hormones, menstruation, emotional stress, and certain medications. These conditions cause the body to overproduce a skin lubricant called sebum. This blocks the follicles, creating a space in which bacteria develops and multiplies and pimples and blackheads form.

Treating acne

There are a variety of treatments for acne, including topical solutions, oral prescriptions, or a combination of both. Unfortunately, many people do not have success with these options, or do not like the harsh chemicals and side effects they come with. A solution many people may not have heard of is massage therapy for acne.

How massage therapy for acne works

Massage therapy has been proven to help treat a wealth of conditions from stress, to sports injuries, to health issues, and even high blood pressure. Now, it’s been shown to be effective in treating acne.

Using Shiatsu massage, a practitioner can apply pressure to the client’s liver, adrenal gland, kidney, intestine, thyroid gland, and other reflex points. This stimulates circulation, balances hormone levels in the skin, and regulates the production of sebum. The massaging movement on the skin can also help unblock follicles where oil and bacteria are trapped.

Using massage therapy, patients have reported positive improvements in their acne within 72 hours or less.

Massage therapy for acne can be even more effective when it is combined with other complementary treatments such as yoga. Like massage therapy, yoga increases blood flow and improves circulation. Having regular massage and practicing yoga can bring nutrients to the skin and flush away toxins.

If you’re suffering from acne and would like to explore massage therapy, contact us. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic is a Miami massage therapy and herbal medicine clinic for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500.


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